• Section 4 Introduction

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    Section 4 Introduction Having fought and won a revolution against unchecked political power, the American Founders were determined not to install a government of their own that would degenerate into tyranny. As they quickly discovered, however, the real scourge of the young confederation was not centralization, but the confederate form of government itself. Historically, confederations had been effective in rallying disparate and small powers against larger common foes. The 1781 "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union" sought to unite the thirteen states against any external threat, especially Great Britain. Having seen the excesses of British rule, the colonists sought a form of government that would chasten rather than empower the central government. Designed ...
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